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Stolen Retired FDLE Agents Handgun & Badge

On January 26, 2013 at approx. 4:30pm, a retired Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agents badge and Glock 9mm handgun was stolen from his vehicle. The vehicle burglary occurred in the parking lot of Tucker’s Southside Package and Lounge, 1122 S. Florida Avenue. Entry was gained by smashing out the rear window of the vehicle. Also stolen in the vehicle was a black canvas briefcase, money, personal checks and a driver’s license.

A witness observed a navy blue, possibly Chevy Impala, mid 80’s with a quarter vinyl top in the area driven by a black male, 20 to 30 years of age. Anyone with information in reference to this case, please contact Det. Alton Masters at 834-8976.

A picture of a handgun and badge similar to the ones stolen is pictured.


Ten are Sworn in as Lakeland Police Officers

On Friday, January 24, 2014 ten officers were sworn in as members of the Lakeland Police Department at a 3:00 p.m. ceremony. The ceremony was held at the First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland. 

The recruits have now completed the seven-week Mini Academy, and will begin the next phase of their training as Lakeland Police officers. During the next 16 weeks, the officers will be on the streets with a Field Training Officer learning more about the department and community they have been sworn to serve. 

In attendance at the ceremony were the family and friends of the officers, Lakeland Police Department staff and personnel, the City Manager, city personnel and Commissioners.

Police Chief Lisa Womack welcomed the new employees during the ceremony and told them “I look forward to the great work you will do for our community, and I know you will be an asset to the department.”

For information on each of our new employees, go to:
http://www.lakelandgov.net/lpd/AboutUs/MeettheNewOfficers.aspx

Congratulations to the newest Lakeland Police Department employees!


Swearing In Ceremony

On Friday, January 24, 2014 ten officers will be sworn in as members of the Lakeland Police Department. This completes their seven-weeks in the Mini Academy, and now they are ready to begin the next phase of their training as Lakeland Police officers. The officers will begin the 16 week Field Training phase and will be learning more about the department and community they will serve.  

The swearing in ceremony will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland at 3:00 p.m.

The following officers will be sworn in:
   Seth Balser
   Kristopher Conner
   Bradley Dollison
   Mike Fuller
   Valerie Grey
   Misty Nappier
   Ronald “Ronnie” Powell
   Laura Robertson
   Jonathan Stephens
   Keri Suggs


Aggravated Battery Shooting

On January 19, 2014, at approximately 1:51 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Elks Lodge, 1026 N. Texas Avenue in reference to a shooting. Victim #1, Willie Williams,33, and his cousin got into a physical altercation inside the lodge after the cousin accidentally stepped on the suspects foot. The altercation moved outside the lodge at which point the suspect walked off briefly and returned within minutes shooting Williams a total of 5 times. Williams is listed in critical condition at LRMC.

Victim #2, Gregory Burgess, 23, was an innocent bystander outside the lodge and was shot once in the lower leg, possible by a bullet that exited Williams. Burgess drove himself to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Victim #3, Darielle Kirkland, 23, was hit once in the face with the handgun knocking him to the ground. The handgun fired another round when Kirkland was struck. An unknown patron at this point kicked Kirkland in the head and knocked him unconscious.

The suspect has been identified as:

Sylvester Nathaniel Smith, Jr.
DOB 6/6/82
350 24th Street NW
Winter Haven, Fla 33880
•Known to frequent the North Iowa area in Lakeland

An arrest affidavit has been obtained for Smith charging him with Aggravated Battery with a Firearm (3 cts) and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Smith should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 911 or they can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.